Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Pedro Meyer

Pedro Meyer is one of the pioneers and most recognized representatives of contemporary photography. He was the founder and president of the Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía(Mexican Council of Photography) and organizer of the first three Latin American Photography Colloquiums. Besides his artistic photographic work, Pedro Meyer has been a teacher in various prestigious institutions, as well as the curator, editor, founder and director of the renowned photography website ZoneZero, which hosts the work of over a thousand photographers from all over the world, and is visited by more than 500,000 people each month. More than 55 million people visited ZoneZero in one year making it one of most visited sites for content on the web.

In 1991, he published the very first CD ROM in the world that combined images and sound titled “I Photograph to Remember”. He is also the author of many books “Tiempos de América” or American Times, “Espejo de Espinas” or Mirror of Thorns, “Los Cohetes duraron todo el día” or The Fireworks Lasted All Day. 

Hi Book “Truths and Fictions: A journey of documentary photography to digital” edited by Aperture, was also made later into a CD ROM by Voyager in 1995. His latest book “The Real and the True” published by Peach Pitt Press was release in 2005.

He has imparted more than a hundred lectures on the subject of photography and new technologies in important festivals, museums and academic institutions in Mexico, The United States, England, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Ecuador and Sweden and more. He has bee a guest artist in the University of Colorado in Boulder, Centro de Estudios Fotográficos in Vigo, Spain and The Arizona Western Collage in Yuma, Arizona.

His work has been presented in more than 200 exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world and is part of very important permanent collections that include:  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Musee National D’art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The International Center of Photography also in New York, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, The California Museum of Photography, in Riverside, The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, Casa de Las Américas, Havana, Cuba, Centro Studie e Archivo della Comunicazione dell’ Universitá of Parma, Italy, and Comuna di Anghiari, Palazzo Pretorio, Italy amongst others.

He was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim grant in 1987, the Internazionale di Cultura Citta di Anghiari in 1985. In 1993, he also received the National Endowment for the Arts in conjunction with Jonathan Green and the California Museum of Photography in Riverside. He has also received numerous awards in Mexican Photography Biennales and the very first grant destined to a Web project, awarded by the Rockfeller Foundation.

The below video is what made me want to share his work with all of you. I love his point of view on the state of photography in the digital age. Whether I agree with his view or not he definitely has a point.

Please take 15mins out your day today to watch him speak.

2 thoughts on “Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Pedro Meyer

  1. Pedro Meyer is a good photographer. Pedro Meyer is also a liar and a thief. I am an American Indian whop was photographed by Pedro Meyer years ago. He was following my life around for a feture called “24 Hours In Cyberspace”. He stayed in my home, ate my food. There was a serious and very sacred ceremony at one point. He was told he could come but had to agree to take no photos of the sacred ceremony. He agreed, Face to face. years later in his archive we find a dozen or more photos of that sacred ceremony. he has no release or permission. The photos are the product of absolute lies. When contaced to remove the photos he refused. To be a professional with such a glowing reputation and yet be revealed as a thief and a liar, and a coward unable to admit his crimes is just sad and pathetic.

    1. Hi, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately being a good photographer does not equate having moral ethics. I come from a country where we have similar ceremonies and I understand their importance. However, outsiders do not always understand and photographers do not always understand that not everything needs to be documented. It is important that permission is always granted. This is still something that the photography industry needs to learn.

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